If you haven’t watched it by now, stop whatever you are doing at this moment and watch it, preferably the subtitled version. What a fucking great movie. Cinematic masterpiece. Definitely in my top 5, maybe top 3 favorite movies. This South Korean film features a terrific performance from Min-Sik Choi as Dae-su Oh, who has been imprisoned in this room for 15 years for reasons unknown. After being suddenly released, he goes on a mission to find out who imprisoned him, and why. Chan-wook Park does a stellar job at directing this wonderfully unique film. Spike Lee is currently working on an American remake, which is set to be released October 25th.
Released in 1994, this Robert Zemeckis masterpiece won 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Tom Hanks in the title role, and Best Director. Gary Sinise also stars, and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but lost to Martin Landau for his performance in Ed Wood. Also featuring terrific performances from Sally Field, Mykelti Williamson and Robin Wright, Forrest Gump is a classic that raised the bar for visual storytelling. The incredible life of a simple man who never stops fighting for, or loving, his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, is one that can warm the heart of anyone.
I loooooove this musical. Love the 1966 Zero Mostel version, love it on stage. It’s just so funny. Zero Mostel is fantastic, as is Jack Gilford. The opening theme “A Comedy Tonight”, and “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” are my favorite songs from the musical. Catchy and funny. A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum definitely has something for everyone.
Okay, so it’s not really a kids movie. The books I suppose were aimed at children, but it encompassed a large audience. The movies were no different. While they started very childlike, they grew into dark, sometimes violent movies, as the children of Hogwarts aged. Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates all did stupendous jobs of translating the book for the screen. Who didn’t enjoy watching Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grow up before our eyes? Alan Rickman couldnt have been a better fit for Severus Snape. Everything was just so magical in these movies.
Tie between all of those stupid fucking parody movies in the last 10 years or so.
I think this is a kind of dumb one, since I dislike a lot of movies but never really had a least favorite. I suppose all those spoof movies suck though! So let’s go with Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, Superhero Movie and Dance Flick (just to name a few!)
I like parody movies. Airplane was great. I remember being in 3rd of 4th grade and sneaking into the theater to watch the original Scary Movie, which would be the only somewhat decent movie in it’s still-going franchise. I think Hot Shots Part Deux is hilarious.
However, these movies just suck. Who writes this garbage? It’s taking parody and reducing it to the lowest possible point, which is usually fart jokes. Some of these, like Epic Movie, include plenty of movies that arent epic whatsoever. I’m not even going to say much in this post for today, besides I wish it was a different category.
Tie between Pulp Fiction and American Beauty. Really can’t choose just one.
With stars like Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, and Ving Rhames, Pulp Fiction is the most classic of Tarantinos film’s and quite possibly the definition of cool. From casting, to soundtrack, to costuming, to dialogue (which is probably the best written in any movie ever), Pulp Fiction is a must-see, not only for Tarantino fans, but for movie fans in general. Utilizing non-linear storytelling, QT shows the lives of different individuals, how the intricately weave, and the implications of their individual actions. Tarantino also revived the career of John Travolta with this masterpiece.
Directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball, American Beauty is quite simply one of the most beautiful, thought-provoking movies I have had the privilege to view. Starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari, American Beauty captures the dealings of unhappiness in typical suburban family life, from the unappreciated Lester, to the angsty Jane. With a beautiful melody playing throughout the film, stellar performances from Kevin Spacey and Annette Benning (and really the entire cast), and beautiful shots all the way through, American Beauty will be one I will rewatch for years to come.
For sure in my top 5 favorite movies, The Usual Suspects was one I got into pretty late, and was thrilled that the ending wasn’t spoiled for me by the time I got to it. What a good fucking movie. Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Benicio Del Toro, Chazz Palminteri, and Pete Postlethewaite star in this incredible Bryan Singer film. This, along with American Beauty, sealed Kevin Spacey as my favorite actor. Just a tremendous performance. I wish some asshole didnt steal my copy of The Usual Suspects. I’ll have to go Keyser Soze on his ass.
Seriously, where is the sequel? This movie is…sigh..Incredible. Animation is beautiful, dialogue is super clever, the story is classic. Who doesn’t like a good superhero movie? There was a character for everyone in this movie. Featuring the voices of Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee and Samuel L. Jackson, The Incredibles was the most entertained and humored I’ve been over all Disney/Pixar movies. Brad Bird really showed his writing and directing skills with this fantastic film, following the praise of the also excellent The Iron Giant
A new arrival, This is The End had me laughing from beginning to end. I can’t recall seeing too many movies where actors play themselves, besides some moments in Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, and it really works, creating a new kind of comedy. This is probably the funniest movie I’ve seen, even though a lot of the jokes are a little low-brow. It’s a movie I didnt want to end.
Alright, so I have to include The Shining. I love Kubrick and this movie is by far the most classic horror movie of all time. The cinematography is baller, all the performances are outstanding- its just an all-around fantastic movie. But, at this day in age, its not really thaaat scary. Sure, the little girls freak me the fuck out, but besides that its more just creepy than scary.
However, Insidious scared the shit out of me. The old veiled woman- scary as fuck. The creepy little kid who dances to the record/play hide and go seek? Terrifying. The big guy who keeps pacing past the window. OMFG. The creepy 50’s family in the further? GTFO. Insidious was by far the scariest movie I have seen since I walked out of The Sixth Sense when I was in third grade. It doesnt rely on slasher-gore bullshit, or Hostel-esque torture porn. It didnt fuck up like ParanormalActivity2, wasnt boring as all hell like The Innkeepers. It was straight-up scary as shit from beginning to end. I hope the sequel lives up.
Christopher Nolan does it again and again and again, Inception being no exception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe and Michael Caine, Inception is brilliantly written, bringing together epic action, stunning visuals, and superb storytelling. I was unfortunate enough to not see this visual masterpiece in theaters, but once I got the bluray for Christmas, I think I watched it three times in one week. I was enthralled by this movie, loving every single second of it. It never lets up. From beginning to end, Inception is a piece of art. While it may not be a straight-up action movie, if was the first one that came to mind, and definitely one I could watch over and over.
Side note: Totally unintentional, but Inception came out three years ago today. Crazy.